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Fire season officially ends Oct. 1, about 3 weeks early


October 9, 2019

Gathering for a barbecue at the end of the fire season are the Oregon Department of Forestry Sweet Home Unit firefighters. In front from left are Valerie Oakleaf, Justin Wolfe, Steve Kendall, Kobe Olson, Niki Stafford, Tomas Rosa, Marissa Kurtz, Chris Cline and Chad Calderwood. In back are Neal Miller, Carl Lemmer, Hayden Nichol, Craig Wilson, Jackson Wojdylak, Justin White, Jerrin Robbins, John Sims Jonathon Fisher, Craig Pettinger, Thayne Moretti and David Batten. While fire season ended statewide Oct. 1, locally, fire season ended in mid-September.

The 2019 fire season officially ended Oct. 1 on all lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The 923 wildfires on ODF-protected lands this year is about average. However, thanks to favorable conditions and successful initial attack, the 16,867 total acres burned is 56 percent below average.

Based on the average number of days in fire season across all ODF Districts, this year was the shortest fire season in the 21st century at only 99 days. This is about three weeks shorter than the 121-day fire season average for ODF across all districts.

"Thanks to a minimum number of wild...

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